|Who are the Dornans?
The Dornans homesteaded Jackson Hole in the early 20th century, and as traffic picked up to the Tetons and Yellowstone, John P. Dornan started a roadside business to serve visitors with gas, beer, and food. JP had married a 'local gal' named Ellen Jones, whose family homesteaded in the 1910s near the town of Jackson, and together they created our heritage. Over nearly six decades, JP & Ellen -- and their children--and their grandchildren--and hopefully their great-grandchildren continue to grow the business to include vacation cabins, adventure sports equipment rentals, retail stores, two restaurants, and a world-class wine store. Richard has been President for the last 40 years or so, and keeps us all in line and moving forward!
We homesteaded in 1912
We started with dude cabins in 1935
Then we started the current Trading Post building in 1941 and finished in 1947
We added a bar in 1955 where the current deli is located
We added a new bar/wineshop/restaurant in 1978.
We added Adventure Sports in 1982.
We added a gift shop in 1987.
We have rented space to Barker-Ewing Scenic Trips since 1989.
We have rented space to Moosley Mountainering since 1990.
We replaced our cabins in 1992.
We added a web site in 1996.
We added a fishing shop in 1996.
We have rented space to Snake River Angler since 2000.
We added a coffee cart in 2002.
We added an ice cream cart in 2006.
We re-furbished our cabins in 2010.
We re-furbished the family house for rental use in 2011.
We re-furbished the family guest house for rental use in 2012.
Today, our family members still get up early, and stay late; to serve your needs, whether you're traveling through or coming to stay with us. Come say hi!
Folks have asked who is who in the family. So, I'll try to give some information.
Evelyn Dornan homesteaded the property in 1916.
Her son Jack came in 1920 and stayed.
'Jack' Dornan married a local girl in 1927-- Ellen Jones, whose father homesteaded in 1906-- and they had seven children.
ROBERT married Patricia and had two sons. R. Grant & Earle.
R. Grant married Carolyn Drumm and had two children: Zachary & Chelsea
Zach is at the Univ of Wyoming
Chelsea is in Alaska
Patricia has passed away.
Earle married Jacque Johnson, but has since gotten divorced, and has not had children.
JOHN married Nancy and did not have children.
VIRGINIA married 'Bud' Gurney, and had four children.
Jonathan married Linda, and have not had children.
Steven was married but has gotten divorced; his children are Amber and Kellen; Steven and Amber have passed away.
Bruce was married but has since gotten divorced, has two daughters Lauren & Morgan. Lauren has married Michael.
Sarah has a lovely son Cole.
Virginia has passed away.
DAVID married Reade and had two children: Wythe and Ellen K.
Wythe married Brian, and they have both passed away.
Ellen K. lives in New Mexico with her family, Craig, Rapture Boogie, and Solis Lumen.
RICHARD married Ellen Wilson and adopted her two children. Will & Mary Jo.
Will was married to Erica and had a daughter Danielle, but he has since gotten a divorce and married Mandy and they have Sam, Margaret, Ruth, and Cecil, and are living in Kelly.
Mary Jo married Michael and had Mariah, Ben and Michael, she has since gotten a divorce and remarried Paul Pollard, and spends time between St. Louis, and Kelly.
Richard and Ellen have since divorced and he is married to Tricia.
RODNEY married Martha, and got divorced.
Then married Joanne and had two children D. Huntley & Conrad.
Rodney and Joanne have since divorced and he married Carol.
Rodney has passed away.
Huntley married Courtney, and they are divorcing, he is living in California and running SurfTech
Conrad is living in New York
HARRY passed away while still young.
Stop by or give a call to say Hi!!
This summer you will see Dick, Tricia, Huntley, Bob, Earle, and Zach working at Dornans. Also, Carol lives on the property, and David & Reade have a home in Jackson on property Uncle Harry homesteaded. Zach helps during summer break from College. During the year other family members visit.
So as you can tell - the Dornan family keeps involved in the business.
Some Dornans, May 2010: Kneeling (l to r) Zack, Tricia, Grant. Standing (l to r) John, Carol, Richard, Jonathan, Linda, Bob, Courtney, David, Reade, Conrad, Ellen K.